We look at a collection of Shetland-inspired patterns
SHETLANDIC KNITTING by Marja de Haan, Anne de Haan and Hilly van der Sluis (published by Trollenwol)
CREATED BY a trio of Dutch knitting designers, this book is a love letter to the Shetland Isles. It’s filled with appealing lace and colourwork patterns, atmospheric photos, and stories from their travels.
The 17 designs for women and babies are modern, relaxed and wearable, using patterns and colourways inspired by Shetland landscapes and traditions. The islands’ flora has had a particular influence on Marja, Anne and Hilly. A chickweed variety found on Unst appears on a bright stranded colourwork shawl, a quick-knit headband, and cosy mittens. It is also used on a neat, aran-weight skirt that can fit waists of around 26in-45in.
Flower-like patterns can be seen on a delicate cobweb-weight shawl; on pretty gloves with corrugated rib cuffs; and on a sweet pair of boot toppers. Native orchids inspired the striking black-and-white colourwork on the ‘Orchid Shawl’.
The islands’ fauna is represented by the wren motif used on a charming baby set comprising a jumper, hat and socks. The plumage of puffins, meanwhile, can be seen in the colours of the Fair Isle headband.
Other projects include a classic tam, a steeked blanket with a modern wave pattern, and a classic shawl called ‘Croft’, with an attractive all-over lace pattern. An array of decorative motifs is used on the ‘Yoal’ sweater, which is designed for a loose fit and is sized for busts 38in-50in.
All the patterns in this book are designed to use Shetland wools from Shetland Organics, Uradale Yarn and Jamieson’s of Shetland. The section of black and white knitting charts at the back of the book make it easy for knitters ndto design their own colourways for the Fair Isle projects.
Throughout the book are scattered little stories on Shetland’s culture, and the designers’ reflections on their trip to the isles. It will appeal to intermediate knitters and those looking for colourwork with a modern twist; it will definitely inspire readers to take their own trip to Shetland!
The book is available in English as well as Dutch, and can be ordered from Trollenwol in the Netherlands. Postage to the UK costs 12 euros (approx. £10).
The colours, flora and fauna of the Shetland Isles are reflected in the 17 garment and accessory patterns
Shetlandic Knitting is available to order from Trollenwol in the Netherlands. It costs 24.95 (approx. £21) plus 12 postage to the UK. For details, visit www.trollenwolweb.nl